Welcome to Korle-Bu Campus and congratulations for making it to read medicine here at the University of Ghana.
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard so much about the campus already and yes! It is a nice place to be. I’ve personally spent the finest years of my life and gained the best clinical experience in the medical field here on this campus. Amongst these I learnt that eating healthy foods and getting the proper amounts of exercise and sleep will keep your body strong and help it hold up over the long haul. Though it may feel like there is no time to exercise and prepare a healthy meal to meet the demands of your body, remember to make time for your own self-care. You are the one who will ultimately suffer if your health fails prematurely.
In light of this let me mention some places where you can get food to buy if for any reason you can’t make any. The first place I’ll mention is opposite the basic sciences which is where you’ll be having your lectures (i.e for the MB2 and MB3 students) and it’s behind the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) building. There is a yummy indomie seller whose queue is invisible…LOL…you’ll get there to order your indomie thinking you’ll get your indomie quickly and leave but that’s a lie, there is an invisible queue you’ll be joining. Right next to them is the popular Dean’s Guest House which has a variety of meals at affordable prices for students. You have a kiosk where you can get almost everything you may need, from stationary to snacks, drinks, etc.
Another popular place on campus where you’ll get a variety of meals is Mediner, with different price ranges to suit everyone. But here’s a tip from me, order your food from them before you get hungry else you may pass out right before your meal arrives…LOL… because they have so many orders to dispatch and they do deliveries outside campus as well. If you’re a morning waakye lover, look for the red building and right behind it is a nice waakye seller, I’m saying this because her queue is so long and they say the longer the queue the nicer the waakye. Mind you if you don’t go there early (i.e by 6:30-7am) you’ll wait saaaa, and when it gets to your turn all your favorites may be finished and you would have joined the queue in vain.
Nevertheless, there are a couple of places on the main Korle-Bu road (i.e Guggisberg Avenue). If you love cosy atmospheres then Hoo-Gah will be your favorite place to be, and its opposite the Korle-Bu main gate. Lovers of the Ga kenkey can get nice and hot Ga kenkey at the Kenkey Boutique located opposite the PhysioShop when you cross the street infront of the Korle-Bu main gate (ATM farm) at any time of the day. Yes! You read right, that kenkey is fresh and hot 24/7. Affordable local dishes like jollof, fried rice, plain rice, banku and okro soup are also available at the popular “Chef Solo” at Korle-Gonno. You can find your way there through the Total filling station opposite the Korle-Bu second gate, it is so popular you can’t get lost. You can also order food from Roland (Chef Inn) and enjoy both local and continental dishes. I mean you’ll get tired of eating from just one place and they say variety is the spice of life.
The more time you spend on this campus the more food joints you’ll discover. Again, just close to medical block, is a small gate which leads to the Korle-Bu police station and on your right-hand side just 20 steps away is a nice and affordable red red seller. If you continue walking ahead just behind the yam seller hides some good news for fufu lovers, there is a fufu chop bar, which offers local swallows and now jollof rice as well. Infront of the GEMP office or the Reproductive Health Clinic is the kebab or as popularly called, “Chinchinga” seller whose aroma will always tempt you. And when it comes to orders for programs he never disappoints. Mostly students find these places when they get to their clinical years because in MB3 or GEMP, trust me you’ll hardly have time to go around looking for food so you’ll probably settle for anything readily available.
Sometimes you’ll get tired of eating the same old stuff and your taste buds will crave for something new. Another popular place which is close to campus is “Therema” and they have local dishes as well, you can simply locate it at the Mamprobi post office junction. For those who want to give themselves a treat after working hard through a marathon of IA’s you can explore Wok Inn Chinese Restaurant at the Radio Gold junction.
Concerning academics, from my experience in the system superficial reading ahead of every lecture gives you a first exposure to the topic and helps you understand the lecture better. Do not expect yourself to know every single thing, but do your best to know the basic information required of you through your various courses. Do well to solve lots of questions in small groups, as this provides you with exposure as to what to expect and what is being expected of you. Share ideas amid yourselves and help each other because no matter how good you are you can use the extra help. Don’t let a bad grade keep you down. A rough start to the semester doesn’t have to sink your GPA. As colleagues, look out for each other and check-in on absentees you may never know what someone may be going through silently. And all it takes is a listening ear to liberate the burden of one’s chest. If you need someone to talk to you can contact the school psychologist Rev. Dr. Fr. Joseph Otwey-Buabeng at the Charles Easmon building room 25, ground floor.
The relationship between good taken notes and good study routines is unquestionable. However, taking good notes doesn’t come naturally to everyone. The trick is to note the key points of the lecture without writing down too much unnecessary information. If you’re worried you’re missing important details, you can also record lectures so you listen to them later to verify your notes. Just make sure you get permission from your lecturer first! Keep a comprehensive planner with all your commitments, including lectures, and extracurricular activities. This way, you can make time each day to study. Organizing your lecture slides and notes is also very important in studying. It’s definitely tempting to procrastinate until the last minute, but you’re much less likely to retain information this way. Try to study a little bit each day, rather than pilling it all up for the week before the exams. This will help you ward off fatigue and remember what you learned. People study differently, and just because someone wakes up at night to study or doesn’t sleep the night before exams doesn’t mean you should do same. Do not follow the bandwagon, instead look for what works for you.
Manage your time wisely, time lost can never be regained. Know your capabilities and limits and do not stretch yourself beyond them. Know when to take a break. Take a ten-minute break every hour or so, and try to take at least a day off per week if you can. It’ll help you stay energized and at peak mental condition. Given how easy it is to become overwhelmed in this course, this is probably the best thing you can do for yourself as the semester goes by. Remember that as the weeks go by the stress increases, keep holding on to your faith and believe that God didn’t bring you this far to leave you here. Do your best and leave the rest to God. God always has a way.
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Written By: Omaima M. Arab (GEMP)
Class of 2021